Between 2009 and 2015, I wrote a series of "OP-ED" pieces that were a poetic commentary on some of what humans were doing to the planet -- and to themselves.
The original title for this selection of 61 of the poems was "OP-Ed: Earth.Poems on Climate Change."But the Fukushima disasteris a sad emblem of human overreach in an unpredictable world, and the current title a more vivid reminder of our situation now.
---"In Cheese After Fukushima,” Slatkin shows an impressive breadth of vision, and engages with the world in a most urgent fashion."
Charles Holdefer, English Professor, University Poitiers, France.
---"Minimalist, musical and boldly imaginative, yet the poems are rooted in actual happening. A text for truth-teaching about our climate conundrum."
Barbara Sarah, psychologist, Kingston, Ulster County, NY.
---“Earth-pulse and beauty drive these poems, but there is also rage against all that conspires to wring dry and kill. The volume is intense, wide-ranging, passionate.
Alice Elman, professor Humanities, Suffolk Community College, Long Island.
---- Marcia Slatkin's poetry expresses profound empathy for all Earth’s progeny. Hers is a powerful voice of sanity, morality, loss… and hope.
Judith Ahrens, PhD, Integrated Systems Specialist, Peace Core volunteer
---- Slatkin’s work expands our perceptions into realms many seem unwilling to see or to protest. The volume addresses our possible disdain for, and
ignorance about, our actual situation.
Douglas Kramer, Human Rights Lawyer, Environmentalist, Dutchess Co.